Axeze Releases new KEP reader

Tuesday 24th March 2014

South Australian Company Axeze launches its new KEP Reader.  Technology is always changing, the faster we learn the faster the technology seems to be changing.  The same is happening at Axeze.  “We constantly carry out research and development to upgrade our products all the time” said CEO Shelley Elder,” if we don’t we will soon fall behind the eight ball.”

 Axeze initial goal in redeveloping the KEP reader was to replace aging components and develop a product that included those features that our clients have received from their customers with regards to future development.  At the same time Axeze wanted to reduce the production cost and therefore the end purchase price as well as supporting HID USB device which uses standard drivers provided by Atmel that will be installed automatically by Windows. 

 The Output Port setting enables information to be output from the Reader and viewed by the user in a manner set by them. For instance you can suppress the Reader ID when using HID Keyboard or you can suppress the Check byte or both.

 The following area available for the new KEP:

  • HID USB Generic
  • HID Keyboard
  • HID CDC (Virtual Comms Port)
  • Real Com Port
  • Wiegand output (available if demand requires it)

 Axeze is using a powerful micro controller, ARM based Cortex M4 32bit processor which has a lot of ability for any designers to utilise.  Additional advantages are that this chip has low power consumption and high capabilities. This has provided Axeze with the ability to handle HEX and decimal outputs easily.  “We have implemented the algorithms that can support big HEX Codes or big numeric codes” said Shelley Elder.

 Our goal is to provide quality Australian made product at affordable prices.  Our products are designed and manufactured in Australia, but many of the chips or components are bought in from overseas.   

 “We are very excited about our new KEP reader because it is so powerful and capable of being used for so many tasks.  The most exciting change is the ability to automatically install the driver for the operating system for all the options other than the Virtual Com Port.”

 Shelley said that “the firmware is ready – so Axeze can handle any tag i.e. Mifare, NFC, RFID etc. however the reader to support the technology may require some further development.  If necessary we can even support Wiegand, its all designed, we just need to manufacture the readers.   When configuring the Axeze KEP Reader, Axeze Credential Management software enables the end user to configure the reader to

  • Read Only Cards
  • Read Write Tags or
  • To finish on a new line

This HID capability means that Axeze Readers can send the badged card code to the current position of the cursor. It can send a tag code to any Text Control, so this enables smooth ongoing development.

 Wristband tags used extensively in the hospitality industry can be used for access control, drive through refrigerators, cash registers or anywhere id management is required on a site.

 The Axeze KEP Reader can have it’s own ID for security purposes, programming purposes, site management purposes, or other purpose as known by the user. Each processor used in the Axeze KEP USB reader comes from the factory with a unique serial number. This makes every Axeze KEP USB Reader traceable which is very important for government identity management projects.

  The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the symmetric block cipher ratified as a standard by National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States (NIST), was chosen using a process lasting from 1997 to 2000 that was markedly more open and transparent than its predecessor, the aging Data Encryption Standard (DES).  With the Axeze KEP Reader you can enable the Output Encryption. The Axeze KEP Reader encryption is compliant with the FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) Publication 197, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) which specifies a symmetric block cipher that is used to encrypt and decrypt electronic data.

 Encryption is the transformation of a usable message, called the ‘plain text’, into an unreadable form, called the ‘cipher text’. On the other hand, ‘decryption’ is the transformation that recovers the ‘plain text’ from the ‘cipher text’.

When ‘Output Encryption’ is enabled, the number of output bytes from the reader is always a multiple of sixteen depending on whole ‘output format’ length. In the other word, the length of original output format will always get normalized by adding zeroes to the end of it to make it divisible by sixteen.

 The Axeze KEP Reader encryption supports 128 bits cryptographic key size. It also supports all five confidentiality modes of operation for symmetric key block cipher algorithms as recommended in the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Special Publication 800-38A, Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation - Methods and Techniques.

 These five supported modes of encryption operation are:

  • Electronic Code Book (ECB)
  • Cipher Book Chaining (CBC)
  • Cipher Feedback (CFB)
  • Output Feedback (OFB)
  • Counter (CTR)

 The protocols are selectable and the credential can be sent encrypted.  Axeze are using standard algorithms software to decrypt.

 The Axeze KEP reader is configurable i.e. select output/HID keyboard specific setting/Reader ID/Transponder type.  Some of the improvements on the Axeze KEP Reader add more security, this includes:

  • Password to change configuration. If the password is lost, resetting to Factory Default will not over ride the Password protection.
  • The ability to suppress and ID, or to move the order of the output settings make this a truly powerful product.

 New Credential Management software (ACM) is available for developers.  Using ACM you can use the program to choose the functionality desired:

  • Encryption
  • Output format
  • Other settings
  • Upgrade firmware

 Axeze is now in a position to provide Dual Reader/Triple reader technology in a single unit.  The demand is not there yet, but they are ready.  “We are even able to work with NFC when our clients are ready.”  With all these changes clients do not need to install drivers, or search for the drivers, it is all automated.

 About Axeze:  Axeze researches, designs, develop and sources the manufacture of RFID access control systems and resells a range of biometric fingerscan and facial recognition products.  Its mission is to provide advanced security in physical and logical access control, computer network logon, id management and ecommerce.  For more information contact or phone +61-8-83521608

Axeze introduce their Axeze Studio at Security 2012

Friday 15th February 2013 5:57pm

Axeze Studio consists of several applications that administrates, maintains, manages and configures Axeze access control network products.

The Axeze Studio is divided into several databases utilising the very latest tools and technology available today. 

  • KENCore Service is a Windows Service that handles all the communication with the access control network and software like Phoenix.
  • KENCore Agent Service is a Windows Service that monitors KENCore Service and ensures that it is always operating.
  • KENCore Manager – is a Windows Application that is a user interface (GUI) for the KENCore Service and KENCore Agent Service.
  • KENCfg – is the software that configures the reader and enables the user to retrieve the reader ID and version.
  • Phoenix- is a Web Application - User Interface that is used to administrate, maintain and manage the Axeze access control network.
  • Axeze Credential Manager - communicates with Axeze Controllers and sends the badged card code to Phoenix (or any

Axeze Announces the New Silicon Wristband (Grey)

Friday 15th February 2013 5:43pm

Axeze are delighted to announce the launch of the silicon wristbands. Operating on the same frequency as the leather wristbands, the silicon wristbands are ideal for use with the KEP range of products. With prices approx 15-25% below the leather range and easy clean silicone construction we are certain your clients will love this new product and appreciate the cost savings.

Axeze announced as Finalists in the Electronics News Future Awards

Friday 3rd September 2010 11:40am

Axeze have been announced as finalists in three different categories of these highly esteemed awards.

In the categories of Wellness, Industrial and Digital Home, Axeze and their solutions are achieving recognition.

The awards are to be at L’Aqua Hotel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on the 16th of September 2010. An Electronics News Future Award is the perfect recognition of electronics vision, design and development. It is a way to show the industry leaders in revolution.

Electronics News Future Awards

Energy management through Home Security

Tuesday 16th March 2010 4:08pm


Energy management through home security

Dimi Kyriakou | 11 November 2009

 As it becomes more important for home automation to be both impressive and functional, Dimi Kyriakou reports on an emerging trend to integrate security systems with energy management.

The installation of a reliable security system is always important, considering that thousands of dollars are easily spent on the latest technologies for a dedicated home theatre. But something as common as home security can also be expanded to look out for the environment as well.

Ness national intel systems manager Greg Kingsley says it’s essential for people to integrate security into their home so it not only protects their family but also provides a functional home automation system.

“Security is a bit like insurance,” Greg says. “No one really wants to spend a lot of money on it, but it’s becoming a necessity to have it.

“At the same time you can tie in some home automation f

SA Innovator to Launch FACE ID

Tuesday 16th March 2010 3:55pm


SA innovator Axeze to market FaceID early next year


December 16, 2009 1:30PM

SA innovator Axeze will start marketing a new facial recognition system for controlled access to businesses and homes early next year in a bid to expand its offerings and become a bigger company.

FaceID is currently being integrated with Axeze's time and attendance and rostering system to diversify its appeal.

Hospitals, aged care homes, schools and manufacturing sites are likely to find the technology useful, Axeze chief executive Shelley Elder said.

"The system uses world-leading technology and offers ideal hands-free security,'' Ms Elder said.

Capable of storing digital profiles for up to 1500 unique faces, the device recreates a 3-dimensional image of an individual's face and analyses the results through a face detection algorithm to match the face to its internal database within seconds.

A finalist in the 2008 Telstra South Australian Busines

Axeze Launches Easy Password Creator

Tuesday 16th March 2010 3:52pm


28 February 2010

Axeze providers of  RFID, Bluetooth, facial and fingerprint recognition products supporting contact/less smartcard technologies offering reliability with a superior combination of strength, convenience and ease of use/installation are proud to announce the launch of their Easy Password Creator.

 According to the Oxford University Careful password naming/selection is important because “there are people out there who will attempt to find out, or crack, your password. Once they get your password, they can do awful things to any information stored in your account, on your computer/network or send embarrassing or offensive email in your name. Even worse, they may be able to do awful things to the accounts of other people on the system, or even break in to systems across the world from ours. So the argument, "I don't need a good password, I don't have anything in my account, anyway" doesn't work.” 

System s

Axeze Launches Computer Logon

Tuesday 16th March 2010 3:49pm

Axeze Releases its COMPUTER LOGON SYSTEM  FS80

Enhanced ID Security for Computers and other equipment

4th February 2010

Axeze providers of  RFID, Bluetooth, facial and fingerprint recognition products supporting contact/less smartcard technologies is proud to announce the launch of its fingerprint-logon product (which supports Windows based operating systems).  Designed to protect sensitive information, prevent unauthorised access, loss or misuse of data and save money.

Robert Westervelt, News Editor Search Security reported on 25 Jan 2010 that “the cost of a data breach increased for the fifth straight year to $204 per compromised record”. This amount may seem small as an individual cost, but think of a government department or mining business and you could be talking millions of dollars.  Worse still think about the cost of sensitive information placed in the hands of the wrong person.

Axeze FS80 fingerprint logon product combines Futronic fingerprint

Axeze launches USB Fingerprint and Mifare Card Reader

Wednesday 17th February 2010 9:57am


17th February 2010

Axeze providers of  RFID, Bluetooth, facial and fingerprint recognition software and hardware products supporting contact/less smartcard technologies are proud to announce the launch of the of FS25, an RFID USB Fingerprint Mifare Card Reader and Writer. Now we can support both contact and contact-less smart card together with Fingerprint authentication and FS25 works perfectly with our FS82 USB Fingerprint  ISO7816 Smart Card Reader and Writer.

FS25 combines fingerprint "Match on Device" and ISO14443A Mifare card Reader and Writer into one compact device. It supports both 1KB and 4KB Mifare card and is perfect for real two-factor authentication, what you own(finger) is matched with what you carry(Mifare card), because fingerprint data can be stored to Mifare card.

Mifare is a 13.56 MHz contactless technology owned by Philips. It complies with ISO14443A - the industry standard for

Axeze Blue launches

Wednesday 4th November 2009 9:54am

Axeze Blue™, world-first hands-free, keyless entry system launches at Digital Lifestyle Show, Melbourne

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Adelaide-based Australian access control and security technology innovator Axeze will launch Axeze Blue™ at the Digital Lifestyle Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, October 30-November 1 (Stand D66).

The patent-pending system turns any Bluetooth device into a key, eliminating the need to hunt for keys – simply walk or drive up and the door or gate opens. The device is typically managed from a mobile phone but any Bluetooth-enabled device can be used, says Axeze CEO Shelley Elder.

“Who hasn’t wasted time and energy looking for their keys?” Ms Elder asks. “With Axeze Blue™ all you need when you leave or enter your house is your phone. In fact you can use the same phone to access all your doors and gates – at the office, at home, at your holiday home or your parents’ house. It just dramati

Axeze launches FaceID

Thursday 22nd October 2009 9:54am

Axeze launches FaceID™, solves 'cold finger' problem for access control

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Adelaide-based Australian access control and security technology innovator Axeze launches FaceID™ at the Digital Lifestyle Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, October 30-November 1, Stand D66.

FaceID™, the world’s first embedded facial recognition system, uses a unique Dual Sensor™ facial recognition algorithm to make facial registration and recognition faster and more accurate than ever before.

The system incorporates adaptive source-light technology to work under different lighting conditions and is backed up by powerful software that includes Time Attendance Setup, Access Control and User Identification.

"FaceID™ is suitable for businesses, hospitality venues, nursing homes and any area that requires secure access,” says Axeze CEO Shelley Elder. “The device can replace cards, keys and clocks.  It also solves the 'cold fing

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